Front wheel passenger side metal knock

Tiny
AZDANNO04
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET COBALT
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 127,280 MILES
When I am turning or going over a bump. I checked the CV boots and saw the tie rods and the bushing were coming apart. If I don't need to replace the entire rod. Can't I just replace the bushings?
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Friday, May 13th, 2022 AT 4:51 PM

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Tiny
SEAN M
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Hello,

Can you clarify if you are talking about a torn CV boot or a tie rod bushing?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/clicking-sound

If you have a torn CV boot, you will have grease all over the components. And yes, that can be replaced without changing out the CV axle. However, if has been torn for a while it is possible to have damage to the CV joint that the boot covers and in that case, it will need to be replaced.
I have attached the boot replacement procedure below.

Also, there are quick boots that can be purchased and installed without removing the CV shaft to save time (see the last picture for reference).

Let me know of any questions.

Thank you.
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Saturday, May 14th, 2022 AT 12:27 PM
Tiny
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Tie rod bushings.
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 AT 1:13 PM
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SEAN M
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The tie rod end bushing comes with the tie rod and and gets replaced as a unit.
See attached replacement procedure.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 2:44 PM
Tiny
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I'm sorry, I keep getting those mixed up tie rods ends with the Sway bar end links.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 11:06 PM
Tiny
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That bolts on the strut and bolts on the sway bar.
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 AT 11:06 PM

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